Serbian Hound

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The first records of this breed, date from the 11thcentury when it was called the Balkan scent hound. For that we can give thanks to the man called Frank Laska, who was the 1stto announce these dogs along with other scent hounds in the Balkans. But it wasn’t until 1940 when the F.C.I. officially recognized the breed. The breed is widely spread throughout Serbia, it is not very likely to be seen elsewhere. Eventually the main committee of the F.C.I. registered the breed in the books as Serbian Hound in the convention in Copenhagen in 1996.

Physical characteristics

The Serbian Hound is not a very big dog, but in any case, it is not small either. Males average 46-56cm in height and females 44-54cm. Both genders weigh around 20kg. With a round skull and well-formed muzzle, the dog appears quite graceful to the eye. The dog is with floppy ears, olivary eyes. The neck is very strong and proportioned to the body. The back is muscular, the tail slides down the back covered in dense hair. The thick, short hair lies perfectly on the body with a very well developed undercoat. Coloring is reddish or yellow-red. There could be a white mark on the chest not more than 2cm.

Character and behavior

The Serbian Hound is kind and loving dog. Very friendly and cheerful. It can be used as a hunting dog or as a family pet. Both ways if you are looking for puppies for sale, this dog would make a fine adjustment to the family. As it is a pack dog, it could get along very well with other dogs, or any other pets of that matter. It can be stubborn and dominant if allowed to be. As it is mostly a hunting dog, it may try to chase other small animals while being walked. The dog is dependable, full of life and character, tenacious and makes a very good companion.

Training and education

The Serbian hound is known for its loyalty and educational skills. As it is a pack dog, it needs to understand who is the pack leader or master. The training and education should start from a young age and it should be delivered by a strong hand, not harsh, and the trainer needs to be patient. The dog will follow orders from his master, but it could be stubborn if receiving commands from other people or children. The barking of this breed can be heard from a very large distance, which makes it the perfect hunting dog. It could be trained to hunt foxes, rabbits or even larger prey such as boars. Apart from that, it could make a very good watch dog as its barking is loud. It is also very easy to teach the dog tricks, as it will do anything to please its master. It is fitting for life in the countryside or in the city.

Health problems

There are no records of serious health issues. It can live up to 12 years.

Grooming and care

As the breed’s coat is short, it does not need a lot of grooming care. Brushing your dog on a regular basis should be quite enough to maintain the skin’s natural oils. Of course, ears and teeth should be taken care of apart from the brushing, along with nail clipping.

Children and other pets

The Serbian hound bonds really strong with its family and master. It loves to go out and play with a children or other family dogs. Its temperament is so friendly, it can even get along with unknown dogs in a neighborhood.

Interesting facts

Nowadays, the Serbian Hound is widespread in its country of origin, but is still very rare outside the Balkan peninsula. Some hunters and canine specialists in Serbia continue to call the breed “Black and Tan Hound”.